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To Ban or not to Ban

Updated on March 11, 2015

Origin of term, Ban

Ban or, in other words, boycott term was used ever since man was fighting for freedom. However, that time this official forbiddance led to something revolutionary. Making the foreigners leave their country attained freedom. This insurgency made people realize the impact of this noun and embraced it as they continued to rule, breathe and live on their terms in a country that they called home.

Man is boycotting things from his fellowman. Sure, sounds unconstitutional, but we ought to control each other by drawing boundaries now and then especially when we need to keep our environment clean from toxins that could be in the air or on the land. For an instance ban of plastic bags, or smoking cigarettes in public are some classic examples, which are worthy for the prohibition.

However, times have changed since then. Ban of some things, objects, and articles, have lately created a furor amongst the public.

When something is not going right ban it. When people oppress it, officially forbid it. When the thing is too explosive to handle, prohibit it. When an object is harming people, suppress it.

For instance, there had been uproar over ban on same-sex marriage, but gradually many states have lifted that limitation and are embracing same gender marriage. Result of this is that there is an appreciation of the man irrespective of the gender, and the fact that they are enclosed with love; an ordinary man has been able to close the issue by sealing the envelope and stamping its acceptance.

This brings me up a question: Is banning things a solution or is it helping to whitewash a particular scenario?

What is a ban in today's society?

Drawing censorship towards an object, gadget, or an article creates curiosity. This makes man very curious of why, what, how. Forbidding something goes way back to the age when even Adam was prohibited to eat that apple. We all are aware of the result!

Still some government officials try to abolish or keep something under the covers with the hope that the ugly truth does not get exposed.

When something has been uncovered, it is done via the actions of our brethren's then why keep it under the covers? Why not expose it, so that others learn from those mistakes?

A controversial documentary

BBC lately made a video, “India’s Daughter”, and it came in the spotlight. More so since the culprit was interviewed on his views, and to top it some dignitaries supported all his statements. There was uproar over their mindset, thus making the video go viral. But, soon it was nowhere to be found. The documentary was banned. Was it trying to protect the cowardliness or foolishness of those people being interviewed or was it trying to safeguard the rights of the victim?

Many questions came up, and since it was a banned item, it was a more talked about thing but mostly under the covers! Had it not been forbidden, the talk of respect, dignity and appreciation of a gender that is usually taken for granted would have been spoken with reverence. This in turn would have helped things being implemented for their safety, and yet giving them the freedom like the opposite gender to roam the planet with ease. After all, it is their equal right too!

Hushing things has just closed down the topic of discussion. This kind of matter can now not be discussed at family tables, or at a party event because of the fact that it is grotesque, and secondly the government has covered your mouth with its legality by using the word, ban.

Some bans should not be banned more so since they need to get closure from man because of the ghastly type of event. Man needs to feel ashamed of what his brethren is up to, and need to improvise upon his actions, more so by discussing it openly. This openness will lead to embracing our flaws, and helping make positive changes. We ought to make a smart choice by filtering out what is the need of the hour by bringing out the ugly truth. Man is a smart being to discriminate between good or bad, evil or virtuous.

Some banned products, actions

In the meantime, there are some prohibitions such as Ovaltine a no-no in Denmark. People need a permit to dance in clubs in Japan. Anything yellow in color is a total no-no if worn in Malaysia. Use of ketchup banned in French cuisine. Banning Blue jeans by Government of North Korea. Cannot chew gum in Singapore. The above are some of the bans that are always a talk of delight and make it to the dinner table or any event without any jurisdiction even though they are not practiced.


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    • poetryman6969 profile image


      4 years ago

      Christian prayers have been banned at council meetings in Canada. I would imagine that will happen here in the US next.

      I am not clear on the meaning of the ban on that documentary in India. But it is more important that violence against women in India be stopped than whether or not a particular documentary is viewed.

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      Audrey Howitt 

      4 years ago from California

      i so enjoyed this Ruchira--we think of banning things that are harmful. But that question is always one that needs to be balanced

    • Ruchira profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago from United States

      Thank you FlourishAnyway and Peggy for your vote of confidence with regards to what to ban and what not to...

      We are much more intelligent than banning these silly things for sustaining our mankind!

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      Peggy Woods 

      4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Some of these bans make absolutely no sense and often (like you pointed out) it creates curiosity and does no good anyway. I had heard about the no chewing gum in Singapore...because of the high density population and the problem of used chewing gum on sidewalks and streets, etc., but wonder about the reasoning behind no ketchup and Ovaltine, etc.

    • FlourishAnyway profile image


      4 years ago from USA

      What a strange mix of things to ban! I do recall asking for ketchup overseas and getting a huffy reaction (but they reluctantly gave it to me).

    • Ruchira profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago from United States

      Exactly, Nithya. Glad to get your support on it :)

      Absolutely Ruby. Power is the king these days, thus making rules of what to do and what not to do for the common man.

      I know CrisSp. I was also surprised to know about Ovaltine being banned ;)

      Absolutely, Bill. We have to learn to reason out rather than make quick judgements.

      Thanks Frank, for your vote of confidence. Cause we need to argue with our lawmakers over this...

      Thank you Paula for the appreciation and wise words. Trust doing well...xoxo

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      Nithya Venkat 

      4 years ago from Dubai

      Banning can be good and bad and sometimes really silly, like the no chewing gum in Singapore. Interesting write, to ban or not to ban is a question to be considered thinking about how the bans will affect people.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Ruchira, this is an eye-opener. Society tends to go with the powerful, forgetting the little people. There are always a few who judge what is good for others, and usually greed is in the mix. Great article. Voted up..

    • CrisSp profile image


      4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      This is very interesting. I didn't know that "Ovaltine is a no-no in Denmark". I wonder why?

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      Bill Holland 

      4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      An age-old question which you handled well. One has to ask, with most bans, what is the purpose of banning? Is it a benefit to society to ban a certain kind of music, or does it just benefit a small, angry group?

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      Frank Atanacio 

      4 years ago from Shelton

      Ban lyrics in rap music.. didn't happen.. ban assualt rifles.. being challegended.. your are dead on.. if we ban it does it correct? A very good look at society my friend...

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      4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Ruchira....Bravo!! girlfriend. You have outdone yourself with this wonderful hub. I thoroughly enjoyed it from start to finish. You are SO correct in your opinions. You've handled a controversial topic so well and made your thoughts quite clear. I say....Yes, let's talk about everything. Recognize, accept, understand and learn.

      I can't get over some of the "bans" you listed at the end. Ovaltine & ketchup?? LOL that is actually funny. No gum-chewing in Singapore? Oh heavens, glad I have no plans to travel there

      Thank you so much for opening our eyes. This reader thanks you! UP+++tweeted & pinned.........Peace, Paula


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